Benjamin Tocker is a life-long Lower East Sider. His undying love for music has led to him working various jobs throughout the industry. His favorite band is Phish. You can find him around the 'hood shooting hoops, noshing on knishes, browsing used vinyl stores or reading in the Creative Little Garden. Reach out if you have a band you'd like reviewed, want to talk music, or just want to have a hearty l'chaim.

Posts by Ben

Big Black Delta Played Mercury Lounge [6/19/13]

Posted June 25, 2013 at 10:10 am

Mercury Lounge pulsated with a whirlwind of sights and sounds from Big Black Delta, a synth and computer based pop outfit with a formidable drums/bass/drums combo.

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Hussle Club’s “Children of the Underground” [Album Review]

Posted September 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm

On Children of the Underground, New York City’s own Hussle Club invites you on a dark ride through a 6-track EP that combines elements of club music, punk and dance.

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The Killers Kill it at Webster Hall [7/23/12]

Posted July 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm

The Killers returned to New York City on Monday night for a one-off tour stop at Webster Hall to preview some tracks from their hotly-anticipated new album, Battle Born.

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CBGB Festival: Fidlar Revives the Punk Spirit at Studio at Webster Hall [7/5/12]

Posted July 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Fidlar’s lo-fi surf vibes perfectly meshed with the CBGB image that this weekend’s events are trying to cultivate: the “we don’t care” DIY-or-die attitude that’s made them a rising favorite as a party band.

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The Alabama Shakes Turn Back the Clock at Bowery Ballroom [4/11/12]

Posted April 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Just like their last jaunt on the Lower East Side, the Alabama Shakes took their sixties-soul-influenced jams to the Bowery Ballroom and performed with raw, palpable emotion.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr at the Bowery Ballroom [4/1/12]

Posted April 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

The goofball duo of Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott saw no reason not to go as hard as they could to a sold-out crowd at the Bowery Ballroom. Full review after the jump!

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of Montreal Glams Up Webster Hall [3/31/12]

Posted April 3, 2012 at 11:26 am

Funkadelic glam rock band of Montreal got their freak on at Webster Hall on Saturday night to a sold out crowd. Full review inside!

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The Blackfires Conquer Gramercy Theatre [3/24/12]

Posted March 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

We ventured up the the Gramercy Theatre on Saturday night to see Boogie hard-rock favorites The Blackfires kick some serious ass. Yet again. So stellar. Full review after the jump!

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Oberhofer (with Pond and Jeane) at Bowery Ballroom [3/21/12]

Posted March 26, 2012 at 11:27 am

When we last caught indie wunderkind Brad Oberhofer at a local show, we were blown away and wanted more. Last Wednesday at the Bowery Ballroom, we got just what we came for and then some. Right this way!

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Lutowisker Synagogue Hosts Torah-Giving Parade on Grand Street

Posted March 20, 2012 at 10:23 am

Parts of Grand and Delancey streets were closed on Sunday evening for a large procession of blaring music and ecstatic dancing in the streets. More after the jump!